In With the New, and In Again with the Old
As anticipated, Roderick Strong beat Tyler Black last night to win the Ring of Honor championship in front of a packed and overflowing house in New York City. With Black set to move on to WWE and Davey Richards ready to retire (though his ROH contract was just renewed), the fate of ROH rests squarely on Strong's shoulders. The legendary Terry Funk was present to count Black out. Long live ROH, and long live Roderick Strong! The belt was no sooner round Strong's waist than former champ Homicide was there at ringside challenging the new champ. After a three-year absence (while H was away at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling), Homicide looks like he's back at ROH to stay, itching for a piece of Strong.
In tag action, the team of El Generico and Colt Cabana trounced Kevin Steen and Steve Corino, but in a surprising twist, Generico's ex-partner and ex-best friend Steen denuded Generico of the lucha mask he has worn for eight years. Former WWE champs Shelton Benjamin and Charley Haas fought Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero, and though the self-proclaimed Kings of Wrestling won the night, Benjamin and Haas won the crowds' hearts and may well be at ROH for good.
The event was broadcast live online last night via GoFightLive. (Note: The photo is not from last night's show.)